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Things to do in The New Haven Area

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in The New Haven Area. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite The New Haven Area attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in The New Haven Area to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in The New Haven Area.

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  • Chester Gallery

    The 25-year-old gallery shows works by regional artists such as printmaker Richard Ziemann. More
  • Chez Manon

    For all things Swedish and German, this cheery boutique stocks wooden music boxes and flower-patterned linens. More
  • Elm Street Books

  • Gillette Castle

    The 1919 hilltop mansion is open to the public. More
  • Goodspeed Musicals

    Catch a musical at the 1876 Goodspeed Opera House, which gave the world such Broadway standards as Annie and Man of La Mancha. More
  • Philip Johnson's Glass House

    This New Canaan landmark catalogues almost 50 years of experimentation by the elder statesman of American architecture; tours include the iconic gl... More
  • Yale Center for British Art

    In New Haven, the Yale University campus boasts landmarks by Modernism’s leading lights, including the 1978 Louis Kahn-designed center, which is la... More
  • Yale University Art Gallery

    Louis Kahn’s understated 1953 masterwork reopened several years ago following a meticulous restoration. The permanent collection houses more than 1... More
  • Yale University Visitor Center

    The campus boasts landmarks by Modernism’s leading lights. More

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